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May 3, 1983 Legality of new religion fraud bill challenged — UPI More: link
A new bill, designed to control fraud by religious organizations, was criticized Monday by an attorney for the Church of Scientology who said it still may be unconstitutional. Lee Boothby, the lawyer for the church, told the Senate Judiciary Committee some sections of SB343 may conflict with doctrines of the Catholic and Mormon churches, putting it in possible conflict with the First Amendment. SB343 is a replacement for an earlier bill which singled out religious cults which could be sued for ...
Apr 12, 1983 Scientology suit allowed to go to trial // 4 former members charge church made false claims to them — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
A federal judge opened the way Monday for four former Scientologists to sue the church for fraud over a variety of claims including promises that it could prevent colds, raise intelligence and solve obesity. Attorneys for the disillusioned Scientologists hailed the ruling, saying that it will open the way for other former church members to bring their complaints of fraud before juries. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that while Scientology is a religion, many of the claims it makes ...
Mar 11, 1983 Stall police, destroy evidence is Scientology plan, PCs say — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Officials of the Church of Scientology have a system to
and stall any police search at their headquarters in Toronto, says a statement by Attorney-General Roy McMurtry and Solicitor-General George Taylor. The actions of the 100 Ontario Provincial Police officers who raided the church's headquarters on Yonge Street on March 3 with sledge hammers and fire extinguishers were defended in the statement, which accuses church officials and lawyers of spreading misinformation about the raid. The allegations about a ...
Mar 7, 1983 Sect's missing founder leaves legal morass — Washington Post
Three years ago, somewhere near this dusty little town of watermelon fields and senior citizen trailer parks, a pudgy, prolific science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard climbed into a black van and reportedly disappeared from sight. Nobody in Hemet, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, or anywhere else might have cared about the fate of a 71-year-old eccentric with a lust for privacy, except that Hubbard was the founder of one of the word's wealthiest and most controversial new religions. ...
Mar 1, 1983 INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT
Jan 14, 1983 Britons: Hubbard has written album called 'Space Jazz' — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Jan 8, 1983 Scientology founder's wife gets prison term — Washington Post
Jan 8, 1983 Scientology founder's wife ordered to prison — Los Angeles Times (California)
Jan 7, 1983 A 'new breed' reported taking over Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: news.google.com, news.google.com
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Defections by older members and publicity given a legal battle over control of hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to be cutting into the membership of the Church of Scientology. The church, which has a headquarters in Clearwater, is described by its leaders as a religion and by its critics as a highly profitable business with cult-like overtones. The church claims a worldwide membership of 6-million, although former officials say the number of adherents is probably fewer than 700,000. According ...
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